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Deadly clashes in Abyei on first day of South Sudan referendum - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan

Deadly clashes in Abyei on first day of South Sudan referendum - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan: "By Ngor Arol Garang

January 9, 2011 (JUBA) - A series of clashes over the last three days involving local police force and armed elements allegedly associated with members of nomadic tribe of Misseriya , in the oil-producing region of Abyei has left an unknown number dead.

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A family from southern Sudan, who has been staying in the north for 21 years, waits in Khartoum January 9, 2011 to be transported in a convoy back to the Abyei oil region (Reuters)

Yesterday Khartoum-based Arabic newspaper Al-Sahafah reported the more than 49 people were killed and dozens wounded in the clashes in the disputed area, although this has not been confirmed by the UN. Reports over the cause of the violence are not clear with different reasons put forward from both sides.

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